Where's the Justice For Trayvon Martin?
The latest tragedy to strike in this country’s judicial system needs no introduction; for this is but one of hundreds of thousands of written pieces at the very least to comment on the Trayvon Martin injustice.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A young man was judged not by the content of his character, but by the color of his skin as he was seen walking through a predominantly white and affluent area with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea in his hands.
His character could not be known because no attempt to know him was made; he was a young black man walking in an area where apparently he should not have been.
For this reason, he was viewed as suspicious; viewed as a threat.
Where were the signs? Nothing indicated to this young man that blacks weren't allowed to tread those grounds.
In a whirlwind of paranoia, prejudice and racial stereotyping, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down in cold blood by George Zimmerman.
A travesty such as this serves to mirror the ghosts of racism’s past when just walking down a street and being black, a man or woman risked getting stoned, beaten, harassed, intimidated and/or killed.
Today, Trayvon’s murderer still lives the life of a free man despite Sanford, Florida’s law enforcement and their knowledge that Zimmerman did indeed take Trayvon’s life.
Why is this allowed to happen?
Flashback to October of 2005, Florida State Governor Jeb Bush signed the Stand Your Ground defense into law; also known to critics as the “shoot first” law. Governor Bush enacted a law that empowers the paranoid, prejudice and micro-brained understanding of citizens just like George Zimmerman who see a black man and assume there is a threat.
That’s right everyone, a Bush enacted this into law. A member of that same family whose leadership has given the country Desert Storm (George P. Bush), plenty of opposition to Civil Rights programs such as Affirmative Action, another war (this time over oil), a real estate boom and collapse all in one breath leading to one of the greatest recessions in history, the spawning of corporate bailouts and the country being left as a shell of its former self with very little ability to right the wrongs that were made (all of which made possible through the leadership of George W. Bush).Continued on the next page